COVID-19 and your visit to Yoho National Park
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to Yoho National Park
Visitors can safely and confidently visit the parks, however, it will be a different experience with COVID related safety measures in place. Now, more than ever, it is important to be prepared for your trip to the national park. Come prepared with your own “COVID-kit” including water, snacks, hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
As of July 1, 2021, the Province of British Columbia is in Step 3 of BC's Restart Plan. Advisories for recreational travel within Canada have been lifted.
Yoho National Park is open during planned Highway 1 closures in 2021.
The Trans-Canada Highway east of Golden, B.C. may have intermittent closures and delays this summer due to scheduled highway improvements. Yoho remains open to visitors. Please visit the Kicking Horse Canyon Project and DriveBC for the most up-to-date highway information.
What's open (as of June 18, 2021)
- Yoho National Park and the community of Field are open.
- Emerald Lake Road and Emerald Lake are open.
- The Trans-Canada Highway is open through Yoho National Park.
- In April, May and June 2021, the Trans-Canada Highway will be closed west of Yoho National Park. Yoho National Park remains open. A detour for through travellers will be in place via Highway 95 and Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park.
- More info and dates: Kicking Horse Canyon Project
Yoho Visitor Centre
- The Yoho Visitor Centre is open. You can also email or for trip planning advice at firstname.lastname@example.org and 403-522-3833.
- Trails are open and trail conditions are updated here: Yoho Trail Conditions
- Some trails are subject to avalanche hazard from early November until late May. Consult the trail report or a Parks Canada visitor centre for safe and fun options.
- Frontcountry and backcountry camping are open for the 2021 season. Check the Camping and COVID-19 section for more details.
- Reservations can be made can be made online through the Parks Canada Reservation Service or by telephone at: 1-877-737-3783.
- Yoho Valley Road (Takakkaw Falls) is open for the summer season.
What's closed (as of June 18, 2021)
- Frontcountry campgrounds are open for the 2021 season. See Frontcountry Camping for individual site opening dates.
- Reservations for the 2021 season have launched and can be made online through the Parks Canada Reservation Service or by telephone at: 1-877-737-3783.
- Most backcountry campgrounds are open with no capacity restrictions, with the exception of Lake O’Hara and Takakkaw Falls. Reservations are required, with the exception of Takakkaw Falls.
- Where applicable, common cooking shelters are closed. Food lockers are open.
- Please check trail conditions prior to visiting.
- The Parks Canada Reservation System is open to new reservations for backcountry camping in Yoho National Park, not including Takkakaw Falls.
Your safety when visiting
Going outdoors is a great way to maintain health and wellness as long as you are following physical distancing practices. Visitors are asked to continue to follow the advice of public health experts on personal hygiene and physical distancing while enjoying the national parks. Visitors should be conservative in their choices and try to avoid injury or the need for emergency response.
As visitor facilities will still be limited, visitors should come prepared when visiting the national parks. Bring hand sanitizer and masks avoid touching high-use surfaces, and if you are unwell, stay home.
Parks Canada will continue to monitor the situation and put in place appropriate measures to help Canadians follow the advice of public health experts, however continuing to flatten the curve is all of our responsibility. If we all work together, we can keep our families, friends, neighbours and communities safe and healthy while enjoying our time outdoors.
Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
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